What Happens If My Visa is Denied?


If you’re looking to live or work in the United States, submitting a visa application is the first step. When applying for a visa, applicants will be interviewed by a consular officer at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate. After all the applicant information is reviewed, the application will be approved or denied based on eligibility. If your visa application has been denied, it’s in your best interest to contact a knowledgeable New Jersey Immigration Lawyer who can help you navigate your legal options.

Why Was My U.S. Visa Denied?

Unfortunately, there are several reasons you may find that your visa application has been denied. Generally, the most common cause is an incomplete or inconsistent application. If you fail to include necessary information or supporting evidence, this is an instance ground for visa rejection. If the consular office is not provided with the required information, they won’t be able to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for a specific visa category. That being said, selecting the wrong visa category could also result in your visa being denied. This is because consular officers assess applications based on the trip’s intended purpose and the applicant’s qualifications.

Another reason you may have been rejected is that you failed to show that you can support yourself financially during your time in the U.S. Before granting entry to the country, USCIS wants to confirm that you have enough funds to cover all expenses related to your trip. If they believe you will likely become a public charge, meaning you will depend on the government for support, your application can be refused. In addition, if you’ve been denied another U.S. visa in the past, it could increase your chances of being rejected again or if you stayed in the country longer than eligible. Furthermore, a prior conviction for a crime of moral turpitude could result in being denied a U.S. visa.

What Should I Do If My Visa Is Rejected?

If a consular officer finds you’re ineligible for a visa, you will be informed of the reason for the denial. If you completed your application wrong, you will generally be able to refile the application as long as you fix the initial error. However, you will be required to re-pay the associated application fees. It’s crucial to note that if you’re the beneficiary of a denied visa petition, only the petitioner may file an appeal. Nevertheless, the most critical step you can take after your visa is denied is to enlist the help of a determined New Jersey immigration lawyer, who can help you protect your rights.

If your visa application has been denied, please don’t hesitate to contact an experienced lawyer from the Law Offices of Aditya Surti, LLC, who can help guide you through every step of this complex legal process.

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